Tom Sharkey, the man suspected of killing his wife, influencer Alexis Sharkey, died Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed to CBS-affiliated KHOU-TV. Authorities had recently obtained an arrest warrant for Sharkey after Alexis Sharkey was found dead on a road in Houston, Texas, last year.
The U.S. Marshals Task Force learned Tuesday that Sharkey was at his daughter’s home in Fort Meyers, Florida, according to KHOU-TV. When the US Marshals knocked on the door Wednesday morning, his daughter and her boyfriend came out. Authorities said they then entered the home and found Sharkey dead with a shot to the head.
In November 2020, a city employee in Houston found 26-year-old Alexis Sharkeys naked body on a road. Seven weeks later, authorities announced an autopsy showing she had been strangled, KHOU-TV reported.
Influencer and her husband had moved to Houston several months earlier. She was last seen in their apartment the day after Thanksgiving.
At a news conference Wednesday, police said they had obtained an arrest warrant for Sharkey on Sept. 29. They said he was not honest during their investigation and had a history of being “evasive”, according to KHOU-TV. He left the state about two weeks after his wife’s death, although police tried to meet and collect a DNA sample from him.
In August, Tom, then living in Georgia, agreed to meet with authorities. But detectives were subsequently unable to find him.
“He later came up with a very bizarre story about why he essentially disappeared, and shortly after that incident, he moved to Florida,” detectives told KHOU-TV.
In addition to Tom being cooperative, police found out there was a story of domestic violence between Alexis and Tom Sharkey. They also said Alexis talked about divorce before she was killed, KHOU-TV reported.
Over time, police developed enough evidence to charge Tom with his wife’s murder.
“The investigation determined that her husband, Thomas Sharkey, is the only person who had the means, motive and opportunity to have committed the murder,” police said Wednesday.